Archive for the ‘Materials’ Category

Pieter’s Airbrushed Metallic Blades   Leave a comment

Pieter from Arcana is back at it again: these swords were shaped using a belt sander with 80 grit. He notes that this left the surface to coarse and looking a bit pitted. Higher grit sandpaper might leave the surface smoother, and heat treating the foam could potentially get rid of the last bumps, but […]

Posted December 23, 2016 by Andor in Materials

New page up on Fiberglass Cores   Leave a comment

Solid fiberglass rods are the go-to core technology for boffer swords.  They are affordable, easy to use, and durable.  We heartily recommend them, and detail their usage in our latest component guide.

Posted January 9, 2013 by Arminius in Guides, Materials

Electroluminescent Wire   Leave a comment

Want to see something cool? Pieter of Arcana in the Netherlands shares a successful experiment in Electroluminescent Wire on a larp weapon. Inspired by this illustration, this sword is 1.5m long, with two AAA batteries in the handle and a converter housed near the crossguard. When powered on, the neon string lights up. And finally, […]

Posted January 7, 2013 by Andor in Materials, News

Hi-Tech Sword Building for New People   Leave a comment

Solusar of Belegarth has a great gallery/tutorial on his blue sword build, with good details like tip-foam teeth, a tip-biscuit, and a non-mushroom-cap stabbing tip. Lots of interesting commentary. We recommend it highly: Solusar’s Hi-Tech Sword Building for New People

Posted August 12, 2012 by Andor in Guides, Materials, News

Forged Foam Fries   Leave a comment

Forged Foam has a sale going on for reblade kits. If you go through swords like a lightsaber goes through batteries, take a look – five boffer blades for the price of six.

Posted May 28, 2012 by Andor in Materials

Warlord Sports on Foam Durability   Leave a comment

Sir Brennon Viridian (of Amtgard’s Celestial Kingdom) at Warlord Sports has devised several methods for testing foam durability. It’s a great read. The article puts a set of small squares of Fun Noodle, Drill Spot, Duratube, Aethertube, and MC foams through a series of destructive events and has telling pics of the results.

Posted May 8, 2012 by Andor in Materials, News

Why PVC Sucks   1 comment

John and I were having a discussion regarding different core materials for javelins. A lot of people, including me, have argued for a long time that PVC is completely useless as a core material for boffer weapons. Not “bad” or “substandard” but completely worthless, put it with lead pipes and cardboard tubes, nobody should ever […]

Posted March 22, 2012 by Bran in Editorials, Materials, News

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